Slower Times, by Bob Likes
When artist Bob Likes of Surfside Beach visited Georgetown in 2002, he admired a model of the Brown’s Ferry Vessel [a flat bottomed sailboat used on rivers during the 1700’s] in the front window of the Rice Museum on Front Street. “That would make a great painting,” he remarked to a friend.
Likes, a retired technical illustrator and engineer, combined the old wooden boat and a live oak he had admired at Brookgreen Gardens into a river scene oil painting he called “Slower Times.” That painting was selected for the Fourteenth Annual Wooden Boat Show poster.
The Brown’s Ferry Vessel was discovered in the early 1970s in the Black River near Brown’s Ferry Landing. Historians date the time of its sinking to between 1730 and 1740. This period is about 50 years earlier than previous American shipbuilding discoveries. The remains of the Brown’s Ferry Vessel are located in the Rice Museum. A newer and more accurate model of the vessel is located in the SC Maritime Museum.